Professor Alex Seago to speak at Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon on Wednesday 23rd May

Professor Alex Seago, Dean, School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences at Richmond, is keynote speaker at a talk in Lisbon being held on Wednesday 23 May at the Gulbenkian Museum, co-hosted by the British Council.

Focusing on the work of a several key figures, this talk examines the cultural, social and political influences of British Pop Art and Design and investigates the resulting, often subtle, synergies between the British and Portuguese art scenes.

The lecture takes place in the context of the Gulbenkian Museum exhibition, Post-Pop. Beyond the commonplace.

It’s also based on Professor Seago’s recently co-edited book published by Bloomsbury, Pop Art and Design which brings a fresh understanding of visual culture during the vibrant 1950s and 60s. Confronting the all-pervasive ‘high art / low culture’ divide, this book offers the first in-depth analysis of the relationship between art and design, which led to the creation of ‘pop’. Challenging accepted boundaries and definitions, the authors seek out various commonalities and points of connection between these two exciting areas.

Visit the Gulbenkian Museum website for more details.

Digital Futures… Adapting to changing educational landscapes

The Centre for Learning and Teaching presented a cross disciplinary conference on Digital Futures – adapting to changing educational landscapes on 14th May to critically examine the challenges and opportunities of using digital media in lecturing and the wider student experience at Richmond.

Martin Compton, History academic and Senior Lecturer for teaching and learning at Greenwich University ran a dynamic, interactive presentation leading to a hands-on session on the use of digital media with HE students. Delegates attending were able to try out a wide range of cloud based free apps on their phones / laptops that can assist student engagement and learning. See these apps in Martins secondary presentation.

Sonja Grussendorf, Senior Learning Technologist at the LSE ran a session in the afternoon on structuring the use of digital media within curriculum using the formation of perfume as a metaphor. Delegates attending were given samples to identify high, mid and base notes and to discuss team work as a fixative.

As well as fresh insights and new experience of digital resources, there were discussions about instructor workload, and how this was supported by this range of resources. The day ended with an open discussion of the implications of the digital environment for future higher education pedagogy.

Professor of International Politics to host programme of discussion and films in NYC

Dr Paul Rekret, Associate Professor of International Politics at Richmond, the American International University in London, will be hosting a screening and discussion on childhood and innocence, entitled Time Let Me Play on Thursday 24 May, 7.30pm, at UnionDocs in Brooklyn, New York.

The programme will explore popular culture’s negotiations with childhood, innocence, and coming of age in an era of social and economic crisis. It will be introduced through a multi-media presentation by Paul Rekret, and will be followed by a wider discussion with additional leading academics, Dhanveer Singh Brar and Sukhdev Sandhu.

Paul Rekret, who teaches political theory at the University, is the author of Down With Childhood: Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence. His work has appeared in Frieze, the New Inquiry and the Quietus, among others.

The event is related to the research interests of two of the University’s research centres – the Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC) and the Research Centre for the Study of the State, Power and Globalisation (SPG).

Click here to find out more about the event and book tickets.

Paul Rekret will also be speaking at a festival of experimental music in Brooklyn on Sunday 27 May.

Organised by ISSUE, Regenerative Feedback: On Listening and its Emancipatory Potential, is a three day symposium of talks, presentations, discussions, and performances on experimental music.

To find out more about the event, visit the Project Room website

State engagement – assessing capacity: a seminar on problem driven iterative adaptation (PDIA)

The Wellbeing Research Centre is organising a half-day seminar on the topic of state engagement and the assessment of capacity using the PDIA approach for Thursday May 17th, 2018 on the University’s Kensington campus.* Registration is from 0930 and the seminar starts as 1005.

The seminar draws on the expertise of practitioners, consultants and academics to understand what is understood by state engagement and our ability to assess its impact and influence. The 5 papers explore a variety of interlinked themes such as: why the traditional approach to capacity building has been discredited, and what has replaced it; examples of the application of PDIA in different developing countries by drawing on both experience and literature; the role of Outcome Mapping (OM), as developed by the International Development Research Centre, to help make sense of how policy may be influenced. The use of OM will be seen within the context of the ODI’s Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme. Another paper will attempt to make sense of the Cambiemos government in Argentina through the lens of the PDIA; the final paper will focus on assessing the value of the PDIA approach in assessing the adoption of conditional cash transfers in Turkey.

The seminar is aimed at those interested in advocacy, evaluation and policy influence from a variety of perspectives as outlined above.

The full list of papers and speakers is as follows:

  • Keynote: Dr. Marcus Cox (Agulhas, Applied Knowledge), “Bringing politics into capacity building: how far have we come?”
  • Peter Grant (Agulhas, Applied Knowledge/Restored/Richmond University Visiting Professor), “Putting PDIA into practice – lessons from country case studies”.
  • Simon Hearn (Overseas Development Institute), “Outcome mapping for planning and monitoring policy engagement and influence”.
  • Christopher Wylde (Richmond University), “Making sense of the Cambiemos government in Argentina through PDIA?”
  • Gokce Baykal (King’s College), “Testing PDIA Approach – Principles towards Adoption of Conditional Cash Transfers in Turkey”.

* Seminar room 106, Asa Briggs Hall, Richmond University, Ansdell Street, Kensington, London W8 5BN (Nearest tube station is High Street Kensington (a 5-6 minute walk to Briggs Hall)’

Please visit the Wellbeing Research Centre’s events blog for more detailed information on the seminar and precise timings.

The Research Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures and the Art Exhibition Society are delighted to announce: ‘Working in the Art World’

A workshop exploring the knowledge, skills and experience required to work in today’s fast-paced international art world.

The professional exchange and networking workshop brings together alumni from the MA in Art History and Visual Culture, and MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, who are now working in the field, to discuss their experience.

These panel members include, Margaree Cotten (Artist and Client Registrar, Gagosian Gallery), Kate Scott (Marketing and Research Manager, Tanya Baxter Gallery), Yoanna Ivanova (Gallery Operations Officer, Ben Uri Gallery), and Dr. Arlene Leis (Independent Scholar).

Discussants for the event include IVAC Visiting Professor, Dr. Anne Massey (Emeritus Professor, Middlesex University) and Aislinn White, Assistant Professor at Richmond teaching the ‘Working in the Art World’ course.

The event will include the launch of the Working in the Art World students’ podcast of ‘live’ interviews with people in the art world.

Complimentary drinks will be available.

The event is a collaboration between IVAC and the Art Exhibition Society.

Please save the date:

18:00, 18 April 2018, Asa Briggs Hall Cafe, Kensington Campus.

Paul Rekret publishes essay on anti-Vietnam war movements and soul music

Paul Rekret has just published a new essay examining the role of soul music in anti-Vietnam war movements. Written for a collection of works on the occasion of the re-release of Bobby Wright’s (now Abu Talib) folk-soul masterpiece Blood of An American, the essay is accompanied by work by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, among others.

Paul Rekret is Associate Professor in Politics at Richmond American International University. He is the author of Down with Childhood (Repeater 2017) Philosophy, Politics, Polemics: Derrida and Foucault (Rowan & Littlefield 2017) and he has published widely on contemporary cultural and political theory. He is producer and host of ‘Beholder Halfway’, a series of radio essays airing regularly on Resonance.Extra.

Bloomberg Alumni Lecture

The Society of Mathematics @ Richmond Today (sm@RT) in collaboration with the Economics an Investment Banking Forum Club presents Bloomberg Alumni Lecture.

Let’s welcome Jimmy Enhammer, a current analyst at Bloomberg, as he presents “What they ask you at Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs, but don’t teach you in class”.


Location: Asa Briggs Cafe,

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 22nd at 6pm.

Dr Eunice Goes

Dr. Eunice Goes to present on Brexit

At 4pm on Thursday 23rd November in the Theatre at Richmond Hill Campus The Centre for the Study of the State, Power, and Globalisation will be hosting Dr. Eunice Goes, who will be presenting on ‘Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the EU’.